Preparedness PlanFlood street, water level up high on a stop sign.

Know what to expect

  • Know your area's flood risk.
  • If it has been raining hard for several hours, or steadily raining for several days, be alert to the possibility of a flood.
  • Listen to local radio or television stations for flood information.
  • Floods can take several hours to days to develop.
  • A FLOOD WATCH means a flood is possible in your area.
  • A FLOOD WARNING means flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.
  • Flash floods can take only a few minutes to a few hours to develop.

Prepare a family disaster plan

  • Check your homeowner's or renter's insurance to see if it covers flooding. If not, find out how to get flood insurance.
  • Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box.
  • Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit containing First Aid Kits, canned food and bottle opener, bottled water, rubber boots and gloves, battery powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries. 
  • Identify where you could go if told to evacuate. Choose several places, a friend's home in another town, a motel, or shelter.

Flood Watch and Warnings

  • Move your furniture and valuables to higher floors of you home.
  • Fill your car's gas tank in case an evacuation is issued.
  • Listen to local radio and television stations for information and advice. If told to evacuate, do so as soon as possible.

Flash Flood Watch and Warnings

  • Be alert to signs of flash flooding and be ready to evacuate at a moments notice.
  • Or if you think it has already started, evacuate immediately. you may have only seconds to escape. Act quickly!
  • Move to higher ground away from rivers, streams, creeks, and storm drains. Do not drive around barricades, they are there for your safety.
  • If your car stalls in rapidly rising waters, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.

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